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Smart Energy

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Mattern
Dr. Verena Tiefenbeck

Where and when:

Wednesday, 13:15 – 15:00, (Link to course catalogue)


The lecture covers the role of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for sustainable energy usage. It outlines concepts of the emerging smart grid as well as approaches to motivate sustainable consumer choices. For that it combines technologies from ubiquitous computing and traditional ICT with insights from socio-psychological research and illustrates these concepts with examples from actual applications.

Specific topics include:

  • Background on energy generation and consumption; characteristics, potential, and limitations of renewable energy sources.
  • Introduction to energy economics.
  • Smart grid and smart metering infrastructures, virtual power plants, security challenges.
  • Demand management and home automation using ubiquitous computing technologies.
  • Changing consumer behavior with smart ICT.
  • Benefits and challenges of a smart energy system.


Participants become familiar with the challenges related to sustainable energy usage, understand the principles of a smart grid infrastructure and its applications, know the role of ubiquitous computing technologies, can explain the challenges regarding security and privacy, can reflect the basics cues to induce changes in consumer behavior, develop a general understanding of the effects of a smart grid infrastructure on energy efficiency, and know how to apply the learning to related design projects.


The lecture will also include interactive exercises, case studies and practical examples.


Learning Material:

Lecture Date Slides Content
1 21.09.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-1.pdf
Introduction: Energy and Electricity, Energy Usage
2 28.09.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-2.pdf World Energy Consumption. Electricity: Production and Usage
3 05.10.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-3.pdf Electricity Generation, The Power Grid
4 12.10.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-4.pdf Smart Grid, Storing Electricity, Smart Metering
5 19.10.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-5.pdf
Demand Response
6 26.10.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-6.pdf Smart Metering: Energy Savings Potential, Deployments, and Cost Benefits
7 02.11.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-7.pdf ICT for Behavior Change
8 09.11.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-8.pdf Smart Heating (Part 1)
9 16.11.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-9.pdf Smart Heating (Part 2)
10 23.11.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-10.pdf Energy Cost and Economics
11 30.11.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-11.pdf Cost Factors of Electricity Generation (2), Non-intrusive Load Monitoring
12 07.12.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-12.pdf Non-intrusive Load Monitoring (2), ICT as a Consumer of Energy
13 14.12.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-13.pdf Electric Vehicles: Current Developments and Impact on the Grid
14 21.12.2016 Energy-Lecture-16-14.pdf Energy Use of ICT, (Smart) Grid Security


If you have questions regarding the lecture, please contact Anwar Hithnawi.
ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
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